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In the 1984 Cold War movie Red Dawn – as Soviet troops battled their own real insurgency in Afghanistan – characters played by Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey lead a guerrilla band of high school students from a small town in Colorado to fight a fictional Russian invasion of the United States.

Their battle cry, like their school team’s vicious little mascot was – ‘Wolverines,’ and they would leave their Wolverines tag whenever they would strike the Soviet Russian invaders.


And now, in a perfect case of life imitating art, that same tag is increasingly showing up on destroyed Russian vehicles in Ukraine as the movie inspires Ukrainians to resist their own Russian invaders.

In one case we see what appears to be a burned-out BTR-80 armored personnel carrier, near Brovary, a suburb of Kyiv.

In another we see a destroyed T-72 tank with “Wolverines” painted on the side of the turret.

One study showed the 1984 movie has seen a 500% surge in video-on-demand worldwide since the Russians invaded Ukraine in late February.

It’s unclear if Ukrainian soldiers or local civilians are tagging these destroyed Russian vehicles, but what is clear is that ‘Wolverines’ is spreading like wildfire throughout Ukraine and appearing all over Russian vehicles.

As Red Dawn makes clear, and their own occupation of Afghanistan should have also taught the Russians, occupations breed insurgencies, and they often end badly for the invaders. As Task and Purpose notes:

…insurgencies are nearly impossible to defeat with conventional military means. Every citizen is a potential combatant, and fighters blend seamlessly into the populace. They have an inherent home-field advantage, not just through a deep personal knowledge of the terrain, but of the people and culture. As such, they also tend to enjoy considerable local support. 

This was the case in the fictional Colorado town where the young insurgents defeat a powerful Russian military force and will also likely be the case if the Russians attempt to occupy parts of Ukraine.

While Red Dawn was roundly bashed at the time by the left for its strong patriotic appeal, that criticism hasn’t aged well. It is clear that patriotism and resistance to foreign invaders is a universal phenomenon that deserves our praise.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
3 months ago

Total corruption? who has waived all import penalties and restrictions against China? What did America receive for this decision? illegal drugs from China coming in at an all time high causing more then 100,000 deaths so far and still climbing,what have the bidens received for this decision ?The disgraced biden clan, a story of personal family greed, disloyalty to America, lies with no honour, false oaths taken, complete hatred of American ways, our American ideals, with direction towards the destruction of America, with their American last policy. How can so much money be taken from Americas adversaries without our country’s positions being compromise or influenced by foreign dirty money? Time for full investigations, the guilty be put on trail, for any disloyalty taken, money falsely taken, lying to Congress, have them return too tax payor’s money received under illegal’s methods or dishonest ways. Those who have violated our country’s laws must be prosecuted, put in jail and made to return all money taken in from their dishonesty. Vote them out of office and keep them out, they are driven by personal greed only.

Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
Elizabeth Estrada aka CHIAKIA
3 months ago

LISTEN UP…PUTIN and HIS ARMY are COWARDS. COWARDS Strike Down CIVILIANS and UNARMED People. The VICTIMS Did NOT Even have a BROOM….ROLLLING PIN and Their SHOES were Still on Their FEET. RUSSIA Quit Trying to HACK into My ACCTS. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄😇😇😇

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
3 months ago

Thanks Hollywood for this one